RISC Report: Early Impacts of Coronavirus on Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chains

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What happens when coronoavirus shuts stores and retailers cancel billions of dollars in clothing orders? Seven years ago this month, more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed on top of them. Today, the Bangladesh apparel industry and its millions of workers face a new, potentially even more devastating crisis: coronavirus.

04/30/2020

 

What happens when coronoavirus shuts stores and retailers cancel billions of dollars in clothing orders?

 

The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC) team invites you to read their newly-published report on the effects of coronavirus in the Bangladesh apparel industry and its 4+ million workers. 


Seven years ago this month, more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh were killed when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed on top of them. Today, the Bangladesh apparel industry and its millions of workers face a new, potentially even more devastating crisis: coronavirus.  Health issues aside, the impacts of the global pandemic on the industry and its workers are potentially catastrophic for the industry and wider society alike in a country where, for many workers, unemployment threatens starvation.


The report – aimed at practitioners and policy-makers – seeks to aggregate key information from a variety of sources both local and international, as well as look behind the numbers to reflect on the broader issues and challenges at play. 
 

Workers in a garment production factory in Bangladesh

The report is a product of the RISC project, and brings together researchers from Copenhagen Business School, BRAC University Bangladesh, Tufts University and the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative.  RISC is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark and administered by the Danida Fellowship Center.

 

PDF iconRead the full report here.

For more information, please contact Professor Jeremy Moon at jm.msc@cbs.dk or Assistant Professor Erin Leitheiser at el.msc@cbs.dk.

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